• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

"Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

John Muir

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Join us in Lorton to improve the Potomac Heritage Trail on two Saturdays in March, the 7th and 21st, at 9am. Details and directions here.  We are collaborating with MORE (Metro Off-Road Enthusiasts) and Fairfax Trails & Streams. Then, on April 25, we are collaborating with Freewalkers on a hike that includes both the 3/7 and 3/21 sections, as well as the scenic back-country at Fort Belvoir.  Details and directions here.  8 miles or (for die-hards) 50 miles. Below are photos from our 2005 opening of the Noman Cole Trail, which has suffered a lot of storm damage since, that we will repair on 3/21:    ...
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Please tell the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission you support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water. Call 703-324-2865 or e-mail plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov  by FEB. 25.  UPDATE:  Strong pro-trail testimony at public hearing 2/12.  For details on this amazing trail opportunity see my Lorton Valley Star article and my Jan 17 and Nov 13 blogs below. Final decision by Board of Supervisors, probably in late March, but they rely heavily on Planning Commission's decision.  ...
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Save the date!  PHTA is working with No. Va. Regional Park Authority and likely many other groups, to create a celebration event for trails in Northern Virginia.   Meet at Algonkian Park (tentative start time is 9am).  There will be a shuttle to Seneca Road or Great Falls Park for a short (4 miles) or longer (11 miles) hike back to Algonkian Park.  Food, T-shirts, entertainment, stay tuned for details. In the weeks leading up to May 2, there will be other events by various groups of hikers, bikers, hashers, perhaps kayakers (stay tuned), to look at new trail possibilities. These groups will summarize their findings at the Trailfest. Goals are to ·         Have fun hiking the trails ·         Connect the trail community...
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The NoVa Regional Park Authority recently improved its boat launch facility at Whites Ford Park in Leesburg, VA.  Here are a few photos  ...
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Virginia State Senator Hanger has introduced a budget amendment, SB-800, which would buy the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) in King George County for inclusion in the state park system.  PHTA board member Jim Lynch asks trail enthusiasts to contact their Virginia State Senator to support this bill.  For more on the DRHT--maps, events, photos, please see  http://www.friendsdrht.org/            ...
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The South County Federation voted unanimously (1/13/15) to support the scenic Cliffs of Occoquan Trail. A big step!  The PHTA/Fairfax Trails and Streams has advocated for this several times at the group's monthly meetings, and at recent public hearings.  But opposition is strong from Fairfax Water. This one is worth fighting for! With Vulcan Quarry, they come before the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission on Feb. 12 to propose vastly enlarging the quarry at Lorton and eventually turning it into a reservoir.  The project is subject to compliance with the Countywide Trails Plan, which specifies a trail along the entire Fairfax County shore of the Occoquan River.  This route, through dense woodland, has spectacular views of the river far below.   Please contact...
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